Live: Russia’s Gazprom accuses Ukraine of diverting gas supplies, threatens cuts

Issued on: 22/11/2022 – 07:01

Participants gather near a large screen displaying the Gazprom logo during the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (SPIGF) in Saint Petersburg on September 15, 2022. © Olga Maltseva, AFP

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Russian energy giant Gazprom on Tuesday threatened to cut provisions of natural gas after accusing Ukraine of diverting supplies intended for Moldova. Eariler on Tuesday Ukrainian security services raided an 11th century Orthodox Christian monastery in Kyiv in a counter-intelligence operation against suspected “subversive activities by Russian special services”, according to an official statement. Follow FRANCE 24’s live coverage for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).


6:43pm: Crimea hit by ‘drone attack’, Russian authorities say

The Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula in Ukraine was targeted by a drone attack on Tuesday, with Moscow’s forces there “on alert”, Kremlin-installed authorities said.

“There is an attack with drones,” Moscow-installed governor of the Sevastopol administrative region on Crimea, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said on Telegram. “Our air defence forces are working right now.”

3:41pm: Blasts kill three in Russian region along Ukraine border

Explosions killed three people on Tuesday in two villages in Russia’s Belgorod region, bordering Ukraine, local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

A woman was killed in what Gladkov said on Telegram was Ukrainian shelling in the village of Shebekino, around seven kilometres from the Ukrainian border in the south of the Belgorod region.

He later said a married couple were killed in the west of the region, in the border village of Staroselye.

Law enforcement officers were investigating the case, Gladkov said, “including to find out how this family ended up in the village”, which introduced a state of emergency on October 27.

2:50pm: Ukraine denies Gazprom accusation it withheld gas meant for Moldova

Ukraine’s gas transmission system operator denied an assertion by Russian gas company Gazprom on Tuesday that Ukraine had withheld 52.52 million cubic meters of gas meant for Moldova, and accused Russia of using gas as a political tool. “This is a gross manipulation of facts in order to justify the decision to further limit the volume of gas supplies to European countries,”  it said in a statement.

2:34pm: Gazprom says Ukraine diverting Moldova gas supplies, threatens cuts

Russian energy giant Gazprom said Tuesday that Ukraine was diverting natural gas supplies transiting to Moldova and threatened to curtail deliveries through a key pipeline to Europe in response.

“The volume of gas supplied by Gazprom… for transit to Moldova via Ukraine is more than the physical volume transmitted at the border of Ukraine with Moldova,” Gazprom said in a statement.

The Saint Petersburg-based company said that Ukraine had allegedly obstructed 52.52 million cubic metres from being delivered to Moldova and threatened cuts in response.

“If the transit imbalance through Ukraine for Moldovan consumers persists, on November 28, from 10:00, Gazprom will begin reducing gas supply” through a key transit point for deliveries to Europe, the company said.

2:26pm: Ukrainians facing shortages of winter essentials urged to leave

Authorities are encouraging residents to leave Ukraine this winter as the country faces shortages of essentials exacerbated by lack of infrastructure due to Russian attacks. “There are particular concerns for hospitals with most now being outfitted with generators,” says FRANCE 24 reporter Luke Shrago, in Kobleve, Ukraine. “There are questions as to fuel, water and other basic supplies, particularly medical supplies.”


11:39am: Ukraine raids famed monastery over suspected Russia links

security service carried out a raid on a historic Orthodox monastery in the capital Kyiv over suspected “activities” of Russian agents, according to an official statement.

Located south of Kyiv’s city centre, the 11th century Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is a UNESCO World Heritage site and seat of a branch of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church that was formerly under Moscow’s jurisdiction.

It cut ties with soon after invaded Ukraine. 

The SBU security service said in a statement that “counter-intelligence measures” were carried out as part of work to “counter the subversive activities of the Russian security services in Ukraine”. 

The statement said Kyiv aimed to prevent the use of the site as a “centre of the ‘Russian world'” and make sure that the premises were not used to hide “sabotage and intelligence groups” and to store weapons.

11:31am: Russia hits aid distribution centre, one killed, says Ukraine

Russian shelling hit a humanitarian aid distribution centre in the town of Orihiv in southeastern Ukraine, killing a volunteer and wounding two women, according to the regional governor.

Oleksandr Starukh, governor of the Zaporizhzhia region, gave no further details of the attack on Orihiv, about 110 km (70 miles) east of the site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station which has been shelled in the past few days.

9:11am: Kyiv to investigate purported Russian prisoners of war video

The Kremlin has accused Ukrainian soldiers of executing more than 10 Russian prisoners of war after a video circulated on social media sites. The footage appears to show a group of Russian soldiers surrendering with their hands above their heads. One of the men appears to fire at the Ukrainian soldiers before gunfire is heard and the bodies of around 12 men can then be seen.

The location and identities of the people in the clip have not been verified.

Reporting from Kobleve in southern Ukraine, FRANCE 24’s Luke Shrago says Kyiv has already promised an investigation into the incident.

“There may be more to the video than it seems. The Ukrainian human rights commissioner said that this was in fact a staged surrender, where a gunman appears towards the end of the video and opens fire. If that turns out to be Russian fire, that would be a war crime, the crime of perfidy,” said Shrago.

“You have to note the differences in the way that Kyiv looks into allegations like this and Moscow does. Kyiv promises investigations and says it will get to the bottom of things. With Moscow, you see outright denials and even turning the situation around to blame Ukraine,” added Shrago.



7:52am: Russian Black Sea Fleet in Novorssiysk vulnerable: UK

The vulnerability of Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorssiysk comes under scrutiny in the latest UK military intelligence briefing.

On November 18, multiple Russian and Ukrainian media outlets reported that an attack took place at an oil terminal in Novorssiysk port, a major base of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet (BSF). 

The BSF relocated many of its submarine operations to Novorssiysk after its Sevastopol base in occupied Crimea was struck by Ukraine over the summer, notes the UK briefing. “Russian commanders will likely be concerned about threats to the Novorssiysk-based amphibious landing ship flotilla,” said UK military intelligence in a Twitter post.

“Any demonstration of a Ukrainian capability to threaten Novorssiysk would highly likely represent a further strategic challenge for the BSF,” added the briefing.

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6:58am: Blackouts likely to continue until end-March, says Ukrainian energy provider

Ukrainians are most likely to live with blackouts at least until the end of March, according to the head of a major energy provider. 

Half of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has been damaged by Russian attacks, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, leaving millions of people without electricity and water as winter sets in and temperatures drop below freezing.

Sergey Kovalenko, head of the YASNO private energy provider for Kyiv, said workers are rushing to complete repairs before the winter cold arrives.

“I would like everyone to understand: Ukrainians will most likely live with blackouts until at least the end of March,” Kovalenko said in a post on his Facebook page

6:41am: Residents urged to evacuate Kherson, Mykolaiv

Ukrainian authorities have urged residents of the southern regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv, which Russian forces have been shelling for months, to move to safer areas in the central and and western parts of the country.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said the government will provide transportation, accommodations and medical care for them. 

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters) 

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